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Persephone Hazard

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Oh my; this is terribly sad news. My thoughts to all her friends and family. I'm so sorry.

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I, too, am in shock. Jason, to all of your family, our prayers and condolences.

I read much more than I post, and Erin was indeed that sort of person who simply filled a thread with her presence. When the 'gator was about, EVERYBODY knew it, and only the foolish would not take appropriate caution. She gave this straight-laced old codger many a good laugh.

No matter what, the ship will never be the same. I can't imagine the hole she leaves in real life.

[Votive] [Votive] [Votive]


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Shocked and sad to read this, my condolences to her family. [Votive]

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I'm having trouble taking this in. It's a bit like being told that God is dead.

We shall miss her.

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[Votive] Erin, may she rest in peace and rise in glory

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Completely shocked here as well.

[Votive] May her memory be eternal.

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Erin did so much for the ship over the years. She was a vital factor in the fight against Joanne in the early days. After that, she did a lot of the heavy lifting until hosts and admins were appointed. She was always concerned with the software and she always kept an eye on things in her role as 'tiny invisible judge'.

The most important thing we can do in her memory is work to keep the ship what she made it.

Into they hands, O merciful Saviour, we commend the soul of thy servant now departed from the body. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech thee, a sheep of thine own fold, a lamb of thine own flock, a sinner of thine own redeeming. Receive her into the arms of thy mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen

Jason, you have my heartfelt sympathy. Your sister was a wonderful woman, and I know you feel your loss keenly.


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Pray for me, as I will for thee, that we may merrily meet in heaven


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I just found out this morning.

Erin was one of the first people to welcome me when I joined the Ship.

Rest in peace and rise and glory, Erin.

And God's peace and presence be with her family and friends.


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Only just saw the news. What a shock. My sympathy to Jason and the rest of her family.

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I'm so sorry too. [Votive]
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Thanks. Rest in peace, rise in glory.

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Others say God's a drunkard for pain
Me, I believe that the Garden of Eden
Was burned to make way for a train. --Josh Ritter, Harrisburg

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[Votive] Erin, her family and friends.
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In December 2002 some shipmates did a Nativity Play which bore only a slight resemblance to conventional nativity plays.

While the play was going on, Miss Molly died. She had been diagnosed with cancer some months earlier. She started a thread sharing her thoughts and feelings.

When she died, someone posted this in the Nativity Play.

Now we have another "brilliant light speeding heavenward.... up up up into Father's waiting embrace......" [Tear]


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Originally posted by Moo:

Now we have another "brilliant light speeding heavenward.... up up up into Father's waiting embrace......" [Tear]

The old guy won't know what hit him.

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You changed my life. You taught me how to be authentic and a Xtian. You gently explained to me when I started the ship back in 2002 how it could honor God to have a forum we had here at the time...the one that discussed sex. You dealt with things behind the scenes when there were any issues without any fanfare. You were my idol. I will never forget how much it secretly delighted me when you told everyone on the boards people that you liked...and my name was on the list. Somebody actually came back with a "duchess?" and you responded simply "Yes."

I wanted this so to be a big joke. But now you are gone. I will never ever forget you and I will honor you in my actions the rest of my days on planet earth.

I hope you are at the big disco up in heaven when I get there along with some of my old friends growing up...and KenWritez. I expect to see you then, my darling. Until then, rest in peace. I miss you. I love you.


[edited to add an I love you and a tear.]


[ 04. January 2011, 13:24: Message edited by: duchess ]

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Oh God, so that's what all the black is about. We also had a partial eclipse of the sun this morning, which seems fitting also.

Part of me also feels that by rights the boards should all be crashing down and going quiet around us now.

"In the midst of life we are in death."

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I'm so sorry and still slightly disbelieving.


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I just want to add my condolences to Erin's family and to everyone here on the Ship.

I never had any contact with Erin here (at least not that I remember), but she was legendary, and obviously helped to keep this place going.

Eternal rest grant unto her, o Lord, and let perpetual light shine about her.

Pax Romana

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ebeth texted me with the news this morning. What a loss. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.
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Saw this sad news on twitter and it's prompted me to post, i was lucky enough never to cause Erin to know of me personally but i very much respected her and the way she seemed so in control. She was always fair and I hope that she is looking down and smiling at how sentimental we've all been! Thoughts and prayers are with Jason and the rest of Erin's family.

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I knew she was sick, and I knew it was serious -- but I didn't realize it was life-threatening.

I have Christmas cards from her I will cherish now more than before. I will remember the funny, childlike things about her -- her love of American television, even children's programming. I sent her an ornament years ago with a TV show logo on it that I got at the NBC store in NYC, and I can't even remember now what it was. We shared a love of the SEC, and that's a strong bond. [Smile]

She had a sweet, feminine side that she rarely showed on the Ship, but I know she enjoyed her interactions here. I hope she knew how much a part of this place she was.

Tell someone you love that you do -- today.

Lord, fill my mouth with worthwhile stuff, and shut it when I've said enough. Amen.

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In total shock. [Tear] [Votive]

Looking forward to my rock moving closer again.

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How can so strong a personality be gone, and we weak pathetic ones remain? How can so bright a light be dimmed?

It just ain't fair.


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RIP Erin



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[Votive] for Erin and family. And thank you.

Everything i can think of to say just sounds hollow.

You know what you shouldn't have done? You should never have let me press all those buttons...

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I just saw people posting the news on Facebook, it's a huge shock. Condolences to all Erin's family and friends.

Later this month a bunch of us are meeting up in London to remember Gambit, another dearly loved and missed member of this community. We'll raise a glass to Erin too.

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Jason, you and your family have my deepest sympathy, especially your children who have lost a doting aunt.

Your sister was a wonderful woman. I will miss her greatly. On more than one occasion she was extremely kind to me, and she could always make me laugh with her honesty, directness and total lack of bullshit.

Gosh. How terrible.

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Wow. Just wow. I get back from 2 weeks away and the first thing I see is this. Incredibly sad news, almost beyond believing.

So many people have posted of PM exchanges with erin in which they discovered another side to the public forums person. I want to add one more such tribute.

What a total loss and very bleak start to 2011.

Rest Eternal grant unto her O lord,
And let perpetual light shine upon her.

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Inimitable. Irreplaceable. [Frown] [Votive]
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I can't say any more than has been said already. It seems impossible that she is gone.

Peace to her and her family and all that miss her.


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As Emily Dickinson wrote:

Parting is all we know of heaven
And all we need of hell.

May Erin know eternal rest.

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Words, pretty much all of them, fail.

His light was lifted just above the Law,
And now we have to live with what we did with what we saw.

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I've had an e-mail from amber who is also upset by the news and sends thoughts and prayers.


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Just a note to say that we'll be opening a new board this evening in honour of Erin, where we'll be able to post thoughts, prayers, memories, quotes and anything else people would like to share. I think a board is the best way to mark this significant moment in our life together, and to pay our respects to Erin.

Eternal memory

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Damn. Erin, you will be missed.


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Oh crap! What terrible news. My prayers are with Erin's friends and family.

I always pictured her as somehow more than human, larger than life, not all too frail flesh and blood.

It's all on me and I won't tell it.
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Shock, disorientation. Awful. Rest in Peace, Erin.
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Originally posted by Margaret:
I didn't believe it at first - it just didn't seem possible. What dreadful news!
[Votive] for Erin's happy repose in the place where no trolls trouble
[Votive] for all who mourn her loss


It has been hard to get past the shock of the news; I am another of the many here with private exchanges and kindnesses to cherish. I rejoice that she is now free of pain, and in God's nearer presence - but I sure wish she could have put it off a little longer.

I'm not dead yet.

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What everyone else said.

Sad news indeed.


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Thank you for all the time and energy you gave us. Thank you for making the Ship the place that it is.
Thank you for being wise and kind, even as you let people know exactly what you thought.
Thank you for being you.

May your soul ascend to Heaven. May your family and friends find comfort and solace.


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Originally posted by Paul W.:
Later this month a bunch of us are meeting up in London to remember Gambit, another dearly loved and missed member of this community. We'll raise a glass to Erin too.

Damn right we will!

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A look at the names of the people posting on this thread only serves to illustrate the depth of respect in which Erin is held - from the longest-serving to the newest shipmates. [Votive]

Retired, sitting back and watching others for a change.

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I'm stunned. Praying for Erin, and for all those who mourn her loss.

Even though I'm rarely on here nowadays, there are a number of Erin-isms which occur to me at times of stress, and which I'm sure will never leave me...

Who wants to be a rock anyway?

toujours gai!

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Thank you for turning the Ship black and grey, to whoever did it. It matches my mood, and I'm clearly not the only one.

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Originally posted by Grits:
We shared a love of the SEC, and that's a strong bond. [Smile]

I thought this was the Securities and Exchange Commission until I realized it must surely have something to do with Southern football.

May Erin rest in peace and rise in glory, and may she come to share in the inheritance of all the saints. [Votive]

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Returning to the ship to add my own prayers for Erin, for her family, and for the community here. May all of us who mourn find comfort in God and in each other. And may Erin's soul rest in peace and rise again in glory. [Votive]

All shall be well
And all shall be well
And all manner of things shall be well.

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